Game 6 Notes & Links: Illinois at UNLV
Nov. 21, 2013
Series Notes vs. UNLV
Illinois is aiming for a 6-0 start for the third consecutive season, and attempting to extend it's non-conference road winning streak to eight straight.
Illinois is 13-0 in November under head coach John Groce, and overall has won its last 24 games in the month of November.
Illinois has rebounded 47 percent of its misses, ranking fourth in the nation in offensive rebound percentage.
The Illini never trailed in three of its first five games, and overall have trailed for a total of just 3:18 out of 200 minutes on the young season.
Rayvonte Rice has scored in double figures in all five games this season. Rice was the UI's leading scorer vs. Alabama State (22 points) and Valparaiso (18), added 13 each vs. Jacksonville State and Bradley and had 12 vs. Chicago State.
Three current UI players have experience against UNLV, but none have scored against the Rebels. Joseph Bertrand appeared in the closing minute of Illinois' 2011 NCAA Tournament victory over UNLV. And Bertrand, along with Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu, all came off the bench in UNLV's victory at the United Center two seasons ago, combining for four rebounds and three assists.
Non-Conference Road Success
Date Opponent Score Nov. 20, 2008 at Vanderbilt W, 69-63 Dec. 2, 20009 at #18 Clemson W, 76-74 March 17, 2010 at Stony Brook W, 76-66 Nov. 27, 2010 at Western Michigan W, 78-63 Nov. 24, 2011 at Maryland W, 71-62 Nov. 16, 2012 at Hawaii W, 78-77 (OT) Dec. 8, 2012 at #10 Gonzaga W, 85-74
Getting it Done on D
This is the first time that Illinois has held each of its first five opponents to 63 points or less since the 2006-07 UI squad did so in the first six games.
Owning the Glass
The Illini have three players collecting more than seven rebounds per game, including an average of three or more on the offensive end, led by Joseph Bertrand (7.4 rpg, 3.0 oreb/g) and followed by Jon Ekey (7.2 rpg, 3.6 oreb/g) and Nnanna Egwu (7.2 rpg, 3.2 oreb/g).
Top of the League
Junior Nnanna Egwu is the conference's No. 3 shot blocker, averaging 3.0 per contest. Egwu was fourth in that category a year ago (1.4 bpg) and has picked up the pace this season, totaling 15 blocks through five games.
Senior Jon Ekey ranks third in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding. He has grabbed 18 offensive boards, an average of 3.6 per game.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Tickets
A Black Friday sale will feature tickets to the Purdue game on Jan. 15 for the price of just $15 each under the promo code BF2013.
On Cyber Monday, Illinois will introduce tickets for the Dartmouth game on Dec. 10 for only $5 apiece via the promo code SPECIAL.
The Black Friday and Cyber Monday ticket offers are avaialbe exclusively at FightingIllini.com.
Game 5 Notes - Illini 77, Chicago State 53 (Nov. 22)
2. Illinois won its 27th straight non-conference game at State Farm Center, and extended its home court winning streak in regular-season non-conference games to 38 in a row.
3. Illinois ended the game on a 22-2 run after Chicago State pulled within 55-51 with eight minutes to play. The Illini held Chicago State without a field goal for the final eight minutes of the game.
4. After going 7-of-11 from 3-point range in the second half against Bradley and 9-for-21 against Chicago State, the Illini are now 16-of-32 (50 percent) from behind the arc in the last three halves after shooting 16-for-64 (25 percent) from long range in the first seven halves of the season.
5. The Illini had six turnovers in the first 5:49 of the game but only committed four giveaways in the final 34:11.
6. Illinois outrebounded the Cougars by 19 (39-20), the fourth time in five games the Illini have outrebounded their opponent by at least 13 boards.
7. Jon Ekey scored a game-high 19 points, his second straight contest netting 19 after totaling 15 points in his first three games combined.
8. With Illinois leading by four, 55-51, Ekey personally went on a 10-0 scoring run in a 2:14 stretch between 7:30 and 5:15 remaining in the game. In the stretch, he went 4-4 from the field, 2-2 from the 3-point line and grabbed five rebounds (two offensive).
9. Ekey is now 12-for-19 (63.2 percent) from the 3-point line in the last three games after starting the season making one of his first eight 3-point attempts. He has made five treys in back-to-back games.
10. Tracy Abrams posted a season-best five assists and tied a season-low with only one turnover.